Addison Fox is the author of the Sons of the Zodiac paranormal romance series for NAL as well as the upcoming Alaskan Nights contemporary trilogy, which launches with BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE in November 2011. You can find her at her home on the web, www.addisonfox.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Addison lives in New York City.
Warrior Betrayed: The Sons of the Zodiac
As Montana Grant struggles to lead her late father's company, her estranged mother suddenly reappears, spouting nonsense about Mount Olympus, immortal warriors, and curses. But after an event that puts the company's future-and Montana's life-at risk, she decides to take her mother's last but of advice.
Quinn Tanner is Montana's security specialist-and a Taurus Warrior. With worldwide peace hanging in the balance, it's up to Quinn to help Montana rise to her destiny-even as they're falling in love.
Thanks so much for inviting me to guest on Get Lost in a Story! I’m so excited to be here and spending the day with everyone!
CAT: How often do you get lost in a story?
ADDISON: As often as possible – literally! I’m an avid reader and often tell people that I’m a reader first, an author second. I believe you have to love books to want to be a writer and for me, I’ve loved reading since I was a small child. I usually have 8 to 10 books going at a time, scattered around the house and in my purse and work bag. And I read 1 to 2 books a week, on average.
CAT: What’s your favorite “love” word?
ADDISON: Commitment. I think commitment is the absolute core of love. Commitment to another person – to stand behind them, to support them and to give them a good swift kick if they need it. The commitment has to be there, always.
CAT: What turns you off like nothing else?
ADDISON: Cheapness, definitely. Personally, I think cheapness has relatively little to do with money and far more to do with selfishness and an unwillingness to share the gifts you’ve been given.
CAT: Do you write listening to music? If so, what kind?
ADDISON: I don’t write to music all that often, but I if I do, it’s usually to something I can comfortably put on in the background. I’m always impressed by those people who can write with a soundtrack or a heavy, pounding rock song. If it’s a song I know the words to, all I want to do is sing along….which isn’t very conducive to getting the book done!
CAT: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
ADDISON: At the risk of giving up embarrassing trade secrets, I usually flop into bed. The end of a book usually comes out in a rush and most often, I finish writing a book fairly late at night. The next day is where the real fun comes in….once I’m awake again, I typically celebrate with an indulgence like a high-calorie latte. The more foamy and filled with caramel, the better!
CAT: If you were given a chance to travel back to the past, where would you go and specifically why?
ADDISON: I love the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century in New York City. I think that time’s absolutely fascinating (brought to life extraordinarily well by Caleb Carr in his books THE ALIENIST and THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS, by the way).
Human development was in a place where we were entering the modern age, and human life really changed with the advent of the all the things invented in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s – rail travel, photography, the development of cars and airplanes, electricity wired in homes.
I’d select New York specifically because it would be fascinating to me to see the city develop – all the buildings that went up in the early 1900’s in New York – to become the city we know now.
CAT: Tea or Coffee and how do you take it?
ADDISON: Both. I usually drink coffee all morning, then switch to tea around Noon.
CAT: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
ADDISON: If I’m interested in something, I’m obsessive in learning all I can about it. Case in point, I decided several years ago I wanted to understand NFL football. I learned absolutely everything I could. I read articles, I memorized who the key players and head coaches were and really learned the game. It’s a skill that still comes in handy at cocktail parties and on first dates!
I also think it’s an odd quirk that’s helped my writing. Once I get interested in understanding something for or about my character, I’m like a dog with a bone – digging into the subject matter until I know it.
CAT’S GOTTA ASK: If you were a T-shirt, what color would you be and why?
ADDISON’s GOTTA ANSWER: Green! Green has been my favorite color since I could pick out colors, so there you have it.
So now I’ve got a question for everyone visiting today. How deeply do you read within the romance genre (e.g. – paranormal and historical and contemporary) or cross genres (romance, mystery, science fiction)? There’s this persistent belief that readers aren’t quick to switch their interests to other things and that’s been the opposite of my own personal reading experience so I’m always curious to know what others like to do.
I’m giving away a copy of WARRIOR BETRAYED to one lucky winner along with a $20 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.